OPLC’s Boards Need Public Members

Public Board Positions an Excellent Volunteer Opportunity  

The state’s small boards, which have been consolidated under the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC), have a critical mission: protecting the public. To do so, the boards need help from the public, which could be you.

According to SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member Tina Kelley, an administrator at OPLC, the boards have public seats, many of which currently need public members to fill vacancies.

“Public members can come from any type of background,” Kelley said. “They are instrumental in bringing the perspective of the general public to the table when decisions are being made. The boards have a great deal of respect for their input and perspective on a multitude of issues.”

One restriction on these public positions is a conflict of interest policy, stating that neither you, nor a family member, can be a part of the profession regulated by the board you’d serve on. Having this policy in place is important, given the boards’ role in regulating professions and licensed practitioners. The OPLC also ensures the services provided are effective and of a quality consistent with the standards of care within each profession, thus safeguarding the public against harm which may be caused by unqualified, impaired, or unlicensed practitioners.

Kelley said many boards currently need public members, with a few examples being the Occupational Therapy Board and Recreational Therapy Board. The boards are a good way to serve the public — something SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members are no stranger to.

“The boards deal with licensing, investigations, disciplinary actions, writing and rewriting rules and laws, and answering questions from the public and practitioners,” Kelley said. “Meetings can last anywhere from a half hour to all day depending on the board.”

If you’re interested in seeing how you can help out, contact Catherine George at the governor’s office by calling 271-7677 or sending an email to catherine.george@nh.gov.  She can also provide details on the boards that need public members, and what an individual needs to do to secure an appointment to a board.

You can read more about OPLC here.

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